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Rudawy Janowickie

Rudawy Janowickie is a small range in the Western Sudetes located  in the area ranging from the Bóbr Valley in the north to the Kowarska Pass (727 m above sea level) in the south and between the Jelenia Góra Valley in the west and the Kamienna Góra Valley in the east. In the vicinity of Janowice Wielkie, they border the Kaczawskie Mountains, and on the Kowarska Pass, with the Karkonosze Mountains.

The interesting and varied geological structure of the Rudawy Janowickie is noteworthy. Along with several types of granites (porphyry, fine-grained, veins), there are transformed rocks here (amphibolites, green areas, dolomite inserts, mica and chlorite schists). This diversification resulted in the development of mining, which started in the 14th century. Rudawy Janowickie are covered with spruce forest, with the addition of oak, hazel, birch, sycamore and beech. In 1989, the Rudawy Landscape Park was established on the area of ​​the range.

Despite their small dimensions (about 90 km2), they constitute a completely separate landscape area. Rudawy Janowickie has a relief typical of the Sudetes (steep slopes and a flattened ridge line), distinguished by a high density of protruding rock forms – especially in the Sokole Mountains and over Janowice Wielkie (in Janowickie Garby and Zamkowy Ridge). These rocks are especially attractive to rock climbers.

Sokoliki is an excellent viewpoint over the Karkonosze and the Kamienna Góra Basin, especially from the highest peak – Skalnik (945 m above sea level).

Among the things that attract with its uniqueness, the following should be mentioned: Rocks in the Sokole Mountains with the ruins of the Sokół Castle on Krzyżowa Góra, the ruins of the Bolczów Castle in the Castle Ridge on Janowice, the famous Piec rock, the Rock Bridge and the small rock town – Starościńskie Rocks. In addition, the following are interesting: Bukówka Lake – one of the largest water reservoirs in the Sudetes and Kolorowe Jeziorka (Colorful Lakes) in the vicinity of Marciszów, Szwajcarka Mountain Shelter in the Sokole Mountains (the oldest shelter building in the Sudetes, built in 1823, made of Tyrolean style wood).

The whole area of ​​the Rudawy Janowickie is a perfect area for cycling trips due to high altitude of the villages located here, the picturesque trail of the Old Kamienna Góra Road, as well as the road to the Kowarska Pass. In winter, the snow-capped peaks and mountain passes are an attractive hiking destination.

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